Gorge bridge bro­ken

Premier rejects chlo­rine-free

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

AC­CESS to Moss­man Gorge has been dealt a blow right at the height of the tourist sea­son with the Rex Creek sus­pen­sion bridge closed af­ter cracks were found.

The bridge leads to the pop­u­lar rain­for­est walk which has also been stopped un­til the bridge is re­paired.

But vis­i­tors to the Gorge can still ac­cess the Baral Mar­r­janga rain­for­est board­walk and the river walk that both start from the car park.

Queens­land Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice Wet Trop­ics re­gional man­ager An­drew Millerd said for pub­lic safety rea­sons the bridge had to be closed af­ter cracks were found in some of the handrail sup­ports.

The QPWS is con­sult­ing with en­gi­neers re­gard­ing what re­pairs are needed and there is no in­di­ca­tion at this stage as to when the bridge can re­open. QUEENS­LAND Premier Camp­bell New­man has quashed any hopes of chang­ing his mind on wa­ter chlo­ri­na­tion de­spite back­ing down on wa­ter flu­o­ri­da­tion.

In par­lia­ment on June 20, the Premier said he was happy to look at the roll­out of flu­o­ri­da­tion in Queens­land.

“Cer­tainly, we would not be re­mov­ing it from any lo­ca­tion where it ex­ists al­ready, but the idea of forc­ing cer­tain com­mu­ni­ties right now to put it in and in­cur the cost - that is some­thing I am more than happy to have a look at,” he told Par­lia­ment.

“It is very ex­pen­sive in­fra­struc­ture and there are on­go­ing oper­at­ing costs and par­tic­u­larly if the com­mu­ni­ties were against it . . . I am happy to talk to the mem­ber if he has a con­cern about a par­tic­u­lar lo­ca­tion in his elec­torate.”

Health Min­is­ter Lawrence Spring­borg agreed with the Premier and said he re­mains open to lo­cal ar­gu­ments about the stag­ing, roll­out and cost of flu­o­ride in­fra­struc­ture.

The Gazette con­tacted Premier New­man to find out if the State Gov­ern­ment would con­sider do­ing the same for chlo­rine but he ruled it out.

“Re­view­ing leg­is­la­tion doesn’t cre­ate a prece­dent,” he said.

“The LNP will not re­move flu­o­ride from any lo­ca­tions where it al­ready ex­ists.”

Photo by ALI­SON GE­ORGE

Bridge to nowhere: re­pairs un­der­way at Moss­man Gorge

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